“Power and Influence: The hard edge of China’s soft power”

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“They want to influence Australia. They want a stronger presence in Australia.”

“Every government has an interest in promoting itself abroad to extending its soft power, I guess what’s different about China is the way in which its run through these clandestine operations.”

“The way the Chinese Government operates is effectively to control and silence dissent.”

“Even if they’re not receiving any kind of direction, they would feel some sense of obligation, or indeed make the right impression on the powers that be in China, to demonstrate that they’re being good members of the party, that they’re pursuing the party’s interests.”

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However normal globalization would have the citizens of democracies believe said soft power to be There is no moral equivalence between a dictatorship and a democracy.

Globalization normalized China but there is nothing normal about China’s soft power.

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If a Sangha’s best practices allow for behavior we otherwise prohibit as a society, sexual abuse, money laundering, back stabbing, front stabbing, and so on said practices have no place in our Buddhism nor those of us whom practice them

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I still don’t see an argument here. Perhaps I am missing something. You seem like a smart guy with lots of years of dharma, so I really am curious. Is it that you just don’t “like” lojong personally. Thats totally fine. But saying its “bad” is silly. Do you have personal experiences you could share. Is it one person in particular or a whole sangha, as you mentioned? Perhaps if someone was using slogans, paying lip service but still tripping out, then I could see an issue. A beginners error. In my own practice tonglen has been a useful meditation, providing an experience of emptiness with immense tenderness and heart. Definitely a very useful meditation. A lot of the tantric stuff and its tibetan presentation can seem rather cold, and missing heart altogether. Thats a problem particularly in the west because a lot of wounded people go looking for answers in Tibetan Dharma. People can be attracted to the supposedly “highest” this or “most profound” that which is total bullshit. Practices like Mahamudra are very difficult if you haven’t got a mature relationship with your own wounds, making bypass an almost given. Much worse can also happen. 
“If you have not wept deeply you have not begun to meditate” Ajahn Cha

A Buddhist sangha whose best practices allows for the practice of Lojong is a Buddhist sangha that allows for the sexual abuse of its female members, the laundering of money by its benefactors, and so on. This is demonstrably true. In 1970 Trungpa introduced Lojong to his sangha. In 1975 members of said Sangha sexually assausted two of their guests while in retreat after a teaching that went sideways and this sangha’s best practices allowed for such behavior. And so on. For decades the best practices of Lama Norhla’s sanghas allowed for the sexual abuse of its female members. Said best practices include Lojong. Lojong is demonstrably bad. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s sangha’s best practices allows for money laundering. Rinpoche allowed Tenzin Chonyi to use KTD to launder the money of its Chinese benefactors. Lojong is demonstably bad. The 17th Karmapa was busted by the Panama Papers. The best practices of his Sangha allows for this. Whatever it is that he did, the buck stops with him. A fish rots from the head. And so on. There is no end to the behaviors that Lojong allows for which we otherwise would prohibit from the best practices of any other group of people as a society. That Lojong is a bad practice is demonstrably bad. We have over 5O years of experience with this practice. Our best practices as Buddhists should prohibit said practice. It’s bad.

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Anti western pro Chinese Buddhists harsh Buddhism’s mellow:  “Violence in Myanmar shows the world needs to stop romanticising Buddhism” 

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“People don’t generally associate Buddhists with violence, especially not the type of violence that sees houses set on fire and gunfire sprayed around villages.
But one expert says people around the world need to shed their romanticised view of Buddhism and Buddhists as a peaceful religion and confront the reality of one of the worst human rights abuses in the world.” nzherald.co.nz

Remember the Cold War?

This anti Western pro Chinese Buddhist nation with its so called Buddhist monks is a relic of said conflict.

It never ended as far as the Chinese are concerned.

China, leader of the Buddhist world could shut this done.

They have the leverage.

Somebody is supporting these so called monks.

And so on.

The Chinese don’t believe in human rights.

Neither does Buddhism, apparently.

Fucking Buddhists, who da thunk it.

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“Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims?” Shut it down! Fucking Buddhists!

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Lama Rod Owens, a woke Tibetan Buddhist exemplar, thanks 

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KTD’s new Chinese McKinsey and Partners management team’s attempt to deflect criticism of its dictatorial governance of the Karma Kagyu sect’s monastic seat here with the elevation of a American Pay to Play Lama to its board doesn’t pass the laugh test

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42 reasons Tibetans are weak not by nature but design: the dictates of whatever slave holder they gave their nose rope

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The following are demonstrably untrue statements yet unquestioned by Tibetans or those of us whom have given our power to these people.

“There’s no reality outside of the experiences we go through every day from a Buddhist point of view.” Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

“We can always come back and fight later.” Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

“It is important to protect all of our vows, whatever they are, and our samaya.” Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

“Wisdom is the primary concern of a Buddhist; morals and ethics are secondary.” Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

“Kindness and openness of mind will accomplish all goals: yours and those of others.” Shabkar

“If we can be fully present in the space of an emotion then we stand a chance of transcending our dualistic mind right then and there.” Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

“Enlightenment is living today in the form of great teachers and communities of dedicated practitioners, East and West.” Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

“The entrance into another samsaric birth is stopped when we can connect with the true nature of the mind.” Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

“To understand that whatever we do, whatever we have done, is totally futile; that is true insight.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“The supreme training is to keep nothing in mind.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“It doesn’t help to give teachings on a level people are not actually at.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Thoughts create karma.” Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

“Don’t follow past thought, don’t invite future thought.” Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

“In the present moment, do not correct, do not modify, do not accept or reject.” Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

“You must abandon all preconceptions.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Do not modify, do not accept or reject.” Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

“There is no need to fill up your mind with a lot of intellectual speculation.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“When we are involved in thoughts naked awareness is not seen.” Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

“You cannot relinquish one thought by grasping onto another.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“It is impossible to ever be truly happy.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“We do not have any mastery over our destinies.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“If you know what you are doing an emotion can be cleared up in a second.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“It is devious and misguided to imagine simplifying Buddhism.” Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

“Sitting and speculating does not help you be free of concepts.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Thought is not an intrinsic part of buddha nature.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“The ultimate remedy is to not fabricate anything at all.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Being totally free of holding something in mind, that is the ultimate training.” Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

“If you walk with haste, you won’t reach Lhasa. Walk gently and you’ll reach your goal.” Tibetan Proverb

“There is no point in perpetuating samsara.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Doubt is always only a thought.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Don’t be too fond of being in doubt.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Giving up doer and deed rest in nondoing.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“The mistake of duality comes about through not realizing our natural, nondual state.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“All you have to do is rest your mind in its natural openness.” Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

“That which propels us endlessly through samsara is dualistic thinking.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Dualistic mind is fundamentally unstable.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Right and wrong are out of the picture altogether.” Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“Whatever we do in connection with good and bad is a partial act.” Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“When there is no discursive thinking there is no delusion.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“If you feel the need to indulge your sufferings, do it alone.” Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

“The dharma was devised specifically to expose your feelings and make you feel awful.” Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

“Once we open ourselves, then we land on what is.” Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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What is the relationship between the 17th Karmapa and McKinsey and Partners?

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Our work in defense and security covers a wide range of topics. For instance, we help clients develop and execute strategic plans, analyze organizational behavior, explore new methods to improve operational efficiency, and redesign and implement IT infrastructure and systems.

In the past 5 years, we have supported defense ministries, military forces, police forces, and justice ministries in 15 countries on more than 180 defense and security projects.

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Chinese active measures, the 17th Karmapa’s handlers, Sun Chuen-Hua and Dr. Chen Li-An have taken operational control of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, New York

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These are bad people.

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108 reasons you shouldn’t practice Lojong, A popular mind control technique of Tibetan Buddhist cults

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1 “A precious treasure is contained in each being’s mind.” The Uttaratantra Shastra

2 “We don’t regard some thoughts as good and in need of cultivation and others as bad and in need of elimination.” Traleg Rinpoche

3 “We should not try to tame the mind by waging war on it through trying to beat down conflicting emotions.” Traleg Rinpoche

4 “You’ll profit more from practice if you’re less hard on yourself, if you don’t get caught up in judging yourself.” Traleg Rinpoche

5 We should not try to tame the mind by waging war on it through trying to beat down conflicting emotions. Traleg Rinpoche

6 “The first part of learning how to transform ourselves is to be willing to deal with ourselves as we are, not as we want to be.” Traleg Rinpoche

7 “We have to be willing to deal with whatever we experience with a sense of openness and intimacy.” Traleg Rinpoche

8 “We should not be ashamed of the negativities that we have, nor try to suppress or repress them.” Traleg Rinpoche

9 “Our tendency to hide our more undesirable or embarrassing behaviors requires a more candid appraisal.” Traleg Rinpoche

10 “We must carry a torch powerful enough to illuminate our own depths.” Traleg Rinpoche

11 “Difficulties must be welcomed because it’s only by overcoming challenges that we develop.” Traleg Rinpoche

12 “Whether others perceive us as different or not is irrelevant; our transformation needs to be an internal one.” Traleg Rinpoche

13 “Practice is about transforming the way we view the world, not changing the way we present ourselves to it.” Traleg Rinpoche

14 “We can’t tailor the world to suit ourselves, or force it to fit into our vision of things.” Traleg Rinpoche

15 “We don’t develop virtues in the absence of vices; we develop virtues by dealing with our vices.” Traleg Rinpoche

16 “We have to be able to face up to unpleasant experiences and situations, the reality of things, the facts as they are.” Traleg Rinpoche

17 “Trying to control our thoughts and emotions only further mires us within our distorted perception of the world.” Traleg Rinpoche

18 “When we are tested we become better human beings.” Traleg Rinpoche

19 “Not everything that you find upsetting is bad for you.” Traleg Rinpoche

20 “Many things that you find upsetting are actually good for you.” Traleg Rinpoche

21 “Not everything that we find difficult, irritating or upsetting is bad for us.” Traleg Rinpoche

22 “Just because we don’t wish to think of something does not necessarily make it go away.” Traleg Rinpoche

23 “We do not try to avoid the emotional experiences of anger, jealousy and desire.” Traleg Rinpoche

24 “We do not cultivate positive thoughts and emotions and we do not reject negative thoughts and emotions.” Traleg Rinpoche

25 “Thoughts and emotions are not the problem, they are not the enemy.” Traleg Rinpoche

26 “Spiritual realization does not come from rejection or acceptance, it comes from being.” Traleg Rinpoche

27 “We do not discard, suppress or ignore our thoughts.” Traleg Rinpoche

28 “Your mind shouldn’t be disturbed by thoughts of things you must renounce and things you must develop.” Traleg Rinpoche

29 “Many meditators stray by thinking they have to overcome their disturbing thoughts.” Gampopa

30 “There’s nothing that needs to be discarded or abandoned and nothing that needs to be cultivated or added onto.” Traleg Rinpoche

31 “Resting in what I am, why look for something else? That would be a foolish thing to do.” Saraha

32 “There’s a whole lot of power in my practice because whatever happens I adapt to it.” Milarepa

33 “All appearances are my friends.” Milarepa

34 “This demon who causes such problems, this demon is just my own thoughts.” Milarepa

35 “In the mud be the lotus in full bloom.” Milarepa

36 “In the Vajrayana emotions aren’t a problem.” Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

37 “When we experience our emotions we are experiencing complete enlightenment.” Dzogcgen Ponlop Rinpoche

38 “Thoughts are strong but their nature is unborn.” Milarepa

39 “You don’t need to throw thoughts out.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

40 “All appearances are my friends.” Milarepa

41 “Not seeing affliction and wisdom as differing this is as full as realization can be.” Milarepa

42 “Obstacle-makers who nothing but trouble spell if seen through are a hot bed of siddhas.” Milarepa

43 “I see stopping samsara and winning nirvana won’t do, I’ve caught on that whatever appears is mahamudra.” Milarepa

44 “I’ve tossed away all those pretenses of trying to look good, so, reputation, you can go wherever you please.” Milarepa

45 “Don’t meditate on them as empty, don’t shun your thoughts, they’re basically good in themselves.” Gotsangpa

46 “All our joy and the pain we go through, all our highs and lows, when realized, have no ground, they are our friends.” Gotsangpa

47 “Techniques for holding the mind will tend to mislead you, I rest in the basic nature itself.” Milarepa

48 “When kleshas get me going and their heat has got me burning, I try no antidote to set them right.” Gotsangpa

49 “It is not appropriate to negate that which is experienced.” Jnanagarbha

50 “Someone who knows that everything is mind is able to use whatever appears as a resource.” Milarepa

51 “We do not meditate to get rid of thoughts.” Yongey Mingyur Dorje

52 “You can learn to make thoughts your allies.” Saljay Rinpoche

53 “I do not negate anything; there is nothing to be negated.” Nagarjuna

54 “The sensory enjoyments even wisdom deities do not shun.” Milarepa

55 “It is important to know that even good appearances are only mind.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

56 “Make firm your resolve that these thoughts that emerge from the mind are the ultimate.” Gampopa

57 “Whatever emotion arises, we can relax. We do not need to try to hold on to it, or to push it away.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

58 “Whatever negativity we experience, it does not harm us; it helps us. It is a friend of our meditation.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

59 “The waves of affliction and clinging to a self are the wisdom of the Buddhas of the three times.” Pamo Truba

60 “The darkness of thoughts and ignorance is great luminosity free from discursiveness.” Pamo Truba

61 “The blaze of the three poisons of the afflictions is the wisdom mandala of the victors.” Pamo Truba

62 “Samsara is basically when we think about our experience in a confused way.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

63 “If one did not have any thoughts, one could not meditate.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

64 “We can learn from our mistakes without generating negative thoughts about ourselves and becoming discouraged.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

65 “To meditate on anger and other negativity’s essential nature is the most profound and powerful meditation of all.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

66 “Whatever appears, bring it into your meditation.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

67 “It is important to have a wide range of experiences, both those that feel good and ones that feel bad.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

68 “We must seek our own liberation in our own thoughts’ essential nature.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

69 “We do not have to struggle with our thoughts.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

70 “Rest without accepting or rejecting your thoughts.” Mipham

71 “Repeatedly rest in the state of unfabricated awareness.” Mipham

72 “The vacant state of not thinking of anything is itself the cause of ignorance and confusion.” Mipham

73 “Don’t get involved in speculations about what to accept or reject.” Mipham

74 “No matter what the mind projects it still has the nature of the guru” Saraha

75 “Appearances are merely mind’s own energy; mind’s own radiance; mind’s own light.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

76 “To contrive means to correct or improve, to hope or fear, to affirm or deny, to accept or reject. Not getting involved in any of that is what is meant by being uncontrived.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

77 “Whatever arises from the mind, is of the nature of the mind. Water and its waves—are they any different?” Saraha

78 “Letting go is not the same as giving up.” Saljay Rinpoche

79 “Letting go has wisdom.” Saljay Rinpoche

80 “Remember that there is nothing really there to get, and no one really there to get it or not.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

81 “Letting go is not like taking the trash to the dump.” Yongey Mingyur Dorje

82 “We already have everything we need for our journey.” Saljay Rinpoche

83 “Concentrating obsessively and being over-ambitious will get you nowhere.” Pema Namgyel

84 “The basic nature of the disturbed mind is peace.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

85 “The confusion is not in the appearance itself but in how we think about it.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

86 “Whatever thought arises, it is a friend of realizing mind’s nature, luminous clarity.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

87 “Whatever emotion arises, we can relax. We do not need to try to hold onto it, or to push it away.” Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

88 “A meditator shouldn’t think of discarding thoughts but instead how indispensable they are to meditation.” Gampopa

89 “As soon as you look for a result, that longing for a result is the sound of a devil knocking on the door.” Gotsangpa

90 “Actual reality is to be seen as it really is—who sees actual reality is liberated.” Nagarjuna

91 “Meditation is about learning to work with the mind as it is, not trying to force it into some Buddhist straitjacket.” Yongey Mingyur Dorje

92 “Delusion as wisdom, now that’s being cheerful and bright, delusion transformed into wisdom, now that’s all right!” Milarepa

93 “Enlightenment is whether seen or not right in the midst of our afflictions.” Dharmadhatustava

94 “It’s not the disturbing thoughts themselves but our conceptualization about these thoughts that disturbs us.” Traleg Rinpoche

95 “The point is not to try to change ourselves.” Pema Chodron

96 “Our hang-ups, unfortunately or fortunately, contain our wealth.” Pema Chodron

97 “The essence of every thought that arises is pristine awareness.” Pengar Jamphal Sangpo

98 “If something has to be done, then take care of it.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

99 “Everything is all encompassing purity; this is the Vajrayana perspective.” Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

100 “If you throw out your neurosis, you also throw out your wisdom.” Pema Chodron

102 “Whether a thought, emotion, or feeling that arises is a good or a bad one is not relevant.” Traleg Rinpoche

103 “Just try to be with whatever appears in the mind.” Traleg Rinpoche

104 “There’s nothing that needs to be discarded or abandoned and nothing that needs to be cultivated or added onto.” Traleg Rinpoche

105 “Unadulterated wisdom is only to be found within the stream of your own ordinary consciousness.” Traleg Rinpoche

106 “You should not attempt to contrive, improve, or manufacture a higher state of mind.” Traleg Rinpoche

107 “The key to meditation involves the ability to notice things, not to eliminate them from our consciousness.” Traleg Rinpoche

108 “The key is maintaining awareness during one’s experiences rather than foisting various schemas onto them.” Traleg Rinpoche

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